Caravan of illegal immigrants 'broken up,' thanks to US immigration law

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As Trump railed against the diversity visa lottery, he again repeated his (erroneous) claim that foreign countries are "not putting their good ones" in the lottery, and recalled the speech which kicked off his long-shot presidential campaign in 2015.

"President Trump is on a complete tear by continuing to keep his promises and enact the agenda that the American people voted for in November 2016". Now the financial markets are showing that their patience with Trump has its limits.

"Any escalation in the trade war rhetoric would be more negative for China than the USA given the former's relative dependency on trade but for now, the markets are focused on the payrolls data", said Richard Falkenhall, a senior currency strategist at SEB in Stockholm. He repeatedly uses an inflated number for the trade gap as the world's two largest economies escalate their dispute over imports and exports.

Still fixated on the caravan of illegal immigrants that were making their way to the USA border before the bulk were stopped by Mexican officials, the president veered back to his original campaign comments.

The troops that Bush sent improved lighting at border crossings, extended existing fencing along the worldwide boundary, built roads, monitored remote cameras, operated communications equipment and sat in mobile observation towers watching for people sneaking into the U.S.

And a reporter for BuzzFeed News who has been following the caravan for nearly two weeks tweeted Thursday that he has heard of no such rash of rapes.

Officials provided no estimate for when troops will begin flowing to the border.

Following Trump's comments on Thursday, Nielsen tweeted that despite the "historic lows in illegal traffic a year ago, the numbers are spiking".

The number of apprehensions increased as the number of border security personnel did.

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The dollar was flat against a basket of major currencies with traders reluctant to take big positions ahead of the payrolls numbers.

Last month, border agents detained 8,882 asylum seekers in families and 4,171 unaccompanied minors - far more than in March 2017, when families and children together accounted for 2,167 apprehensions.

In his West Virginia remarks, Trump repeated his claim that nearly none of the people released from detention show up for their court hearings.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had been working with governors of the southwest border states to develop agreements on where and how many Guardsmen will be deployed.

With troops in all states, the National Guard has been called on by past presidents and governors to help secure USA borders, and the Texas contingent said it had "firsthand knowledge of the mission and operating area" that will allow it to move seamlessly into the new role.

So far this week the dollar is up nearly 1 percent versus the Japanese currency, and on Thursday it hit its highest since late February, despite the growing U.S. "If a trade war were initiated by the U.S., China would fight to the end to defend its own legitimate interests with all necessary measures". China is the top overseas market for US soybeans.

This is surprising, said Rudalevige: "Trump does have a Republican majority and in theory he could work with them toward his agenda", he said.

Illicit activities such as counterfeit goods, pirated software, theft of trade secrets and copyright and trademark infringement can not be precisely measured. The trade deficit in goods with China narrowed in February to $29.3 billion from $36 billion in January.

Trump's latest moves were announced after the United States markets closed last night, with the Dow Jones index up by 240 points.